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Pedestrian killed, several cars damaged during overnight crash on Atlanta street

By Asia Simone Burns, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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An early morning crash sent two cars off the side of a road, where one hit and killed a pedestrian, according to Atlanta police.

The man died at Grady Memorial Hospital after the incident, which happened about 1:30 a.m. Sunday near Peachtree Road and Mathieson Drive, police said.

A 2010 Cadillac was driving north on Peachtree Road “at a high rate of speed” when it lost control, according to Atlanta police spokeswoman Marla Rooker. The Cadillac smashed into the back of the 2016 Jeep Wrangler, sending it careening off the roadway. The Jeep went into a parking lot, where it hit three cars.

The Cadillac then also left the roadway and hit the pedestrian, who was standing on the sidewalk. It then overturned, went into the parking lot and damaged two other cars.

The five vehicles that were damaged were not occupied, and the people inside the Jeep were not seriously injured, Rooker said.

The Cadillac’s driver, identified by police as 30-year-old Gabriel Zamora, was taken to Grady but did not suffer any substantial injuries. He was then taken to the Fulton County Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI, failure to maintain lane and open container violation.

Additional charges may be forthcoming, Rooker said. An investigation is ongoing.

In a Facebook post, Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore referred to the incident as alleged street racing and called it “infuriating, sad and preventable.”

“The street racing, laying drag, doing donuts, etc. may be considered fun for some, but comes with deadly consequences,” she wrote. I urge those who partake in these activities to stop.”

While Atlanta police have not confirmed that the incident was related to street racing, the city has been working for months to combat an increase in drag racing meetups.

Police said they have seen an uptick in the events as drivers gather to race each other and burn rubber on busy roads. The events typically draw large crowds of bystanders, many of whom film the action on their cellphones. The crowds tend to scatter quickly when officers arrive, then regroup a short time later for another race in a different neighborhood.